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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

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Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Published 1946

Tracy hunts down the infamous Cueball when get wind of a vicious murder and a robbery of precious diamonds

Run time 62 min
Producer Herman Schlom
Production Company RKO Radio Pictures, Inc
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2010
Subject: The name describes the person
Simple characters in a simple story, but I liked these impressing types. OK, they usually have only one attribute, you have only black and white, nothing in between. The leading man did his job well enough.
Reviewer: TheKnightRidesAtNight - - July 25, 2007
Subject: MPEG-2 problem
421 MB is a bit too small for an MPEG-2. The other 3 Dick Tracy films are around 3 GB and more or less around the same length. Can this be fixed?
Reviewer: clemenza44 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2007
Subject: Watchable, but tedious
Morgan Conway was fine as Tracy in my opinion. This generally just isn't one of the best 40's Dick Tracy vehicles. Worth one viewing.
Reviewer: saipandick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2006
Subject: Funny, as it should be
This wasn't meant to be a serious detective movie. The characters all have strange names as in the comics. The bad guys and many of the good guys have serious personality disorders. The actors don't attempt to portray their characters as real people. I found it to be weird and entertaining at the same time.
Reviewer: gentle ben - favoritefavorite - February 25, 2006
Subject: What a yawner
Morgan Conway (Dick Tracy) is a better actor than Ralph Byrd, who plays the famous detective in the Dick Tracy serial and a couple of other movies on the archive. However, even he can't save the story and script, which is about as interesting as melting snow. Once again Conway is teamed with Anne Jeffreys as Tess Truehart (later in her career Jeffreys played Marion Kerby, one of the two ghosts in the TV series, Topper).

As with all Dick Tracy stories, the character names are puns, e.g., Vitamin Flintheart (who constantly tosses pills into his mouth), Cueball (who is bald), Jules Sparkle (a Jeweler), Percival Priceless (owner of an antique store), and Filthy Flora (owner and operator of a bar called the Dripping Dagger).

Compounding the poor script are problems with the print. Many of the scenes are at night and most of these are so dark that they are just blotches of gray moving against a black background.
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